Before going through all the effort, and expense, of getting a new card, make sure the card is broken and not the speaker/mic/or other peripheral. That said, there are a number of choices when it comes to PCI audio cards. I stay away from Creative cards or anything with the X-Fi audio chip inside due to past business practices from Creative.
We will start off at the high-end and work down.ASUS Xonar D2
- This is a high-end pro-sumer card aimed at music creators or audiophiles. It comes with all the Dolby technologies built in. This is a great card for anyone working with music or home theaters. I have one of these cards.ASUS Xonar D1
- This is a step down from the D2. It has many of the same features, but some of the higher-end stuff, like the interference shield and coax inputs, are gone.HT | OMEGA STRIKER
- This is very similar to the D1, it even uses a similar audio processing chip, but has a few more connectors for the same price. However, it does not have all of the Dolby technologies the Xonar cards have.DIAMOND XtremeSound XS71DDL
- A more basic card using a mid-range C-Media chip. This card features plenty of connectors, but doesn't have many Dolby stuff built in. In terms of audio quality, this is a step down from the other cards listed.Turtle Beach RIVIERA
- This is a simple, basic card. It's a little better than the on-board stuff.
On a side note, even with Windows XP, I suggest a little more RAM. Your system has four RAM slots, each capable of holding 1GB of DDR-400 (PC3200) RAM sticks, as it says here
Edited by DJBPace07, 29 March 2010 - 11:17 PM.